Three Royal Parks


Hyde Park

Hyde Park is the most prominent and famous London park.  It was once part of a monastery where deer, wild bulls and boar roamed freely.  Henry VIII gained ownership in the 16th century and used it for hunting. It was opened to the public in the early 17th century and became an immensely fashionable place.

Being 360 acres in size it can take some time to cross the park. Within the park, there are options to vist The Serpentine Lake, a man-made lake where you can hire a boat for rowing, Kensington Gardens, especially the Princess Diana Memorial Walk, a Statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Rotten Row where people ride their horses, a Pet Cemetery at Victoria Gate on Bayswater, The Queen Elizabeth Gates on the south-eastern end adjoining Park Lane, Speakers Corner and Marble Arch on the North Eastern corner, and the Albert Memorial across from Royal Albert Hall



Achilles Monument


Italian Fountain



Princess Diana Memorial


Green Park

Green Park was originally a swampy burial ground for lepers and later a hunting ground for King Henry VIII. As with St. James Park, it was converted by Charles II in the seventeenth century into a public park.  Afterwards, the park was used for many fireworks displays and for early hot-air balloon flights. Handel’s famous work ‘Music for Royal Fireworks’ was written specifically for one of these spectacular displays. Green Park was originally named because of the total absence of flowers in its boundaries.  Today it's the smallest of London's Royal Parks, but it's known for it's central path among informal groups of trees, leading to Buckingham Palace.



Canadian Monument


Royal Gate

St. James Park

St James's Park is probably the most beautiful and intimate of the capital's central parks.  Originally a marsh, the land was drained by Henry VIII in the 15th century to provide a deer park for St James's Palace. In the 17th century, Charles II commissioned a French landscape gardener, André Le Nôtre, to convert the deer park into a garden. Further landscaping by John Nash took place in the early-19th century.  It's a popular place to stroll, feed the ducks or watch the pelicans.


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